Back to the Start

Now that Cemetery Tours is out, I sort of expected to feel like this huge stage of my life was coming to an end.  You know, taking that huge step from Unpublished Writer to Published Author.  I thought there would be some sense of finality, or a feeling of closure.

Not even close.

Cemetery Tours is published, it’s true.  But the real work is only just beginning.  It’s not enough to make a book available to the masses.  Now, I have to sell it to the masses, and let me tell you, I am not a good salesperson.  I can recommend stuff, sure, but I really suck at telling people what they should and shouldn’t read.  “I want you to read this book because I wrote it and I think it’s really good!”   Yeah, that probably won’t cut it.  I’m pretty sure every person who has ever written a book believes that.  After all, they wouldn’t want you to read it if they didn’t think it was good!  Heck, they probably wouldn’t have bothered to write it if they didn’t think it was good.

In the days to come, I will be coming up with more marketing strategies and reasons that people should buy and/or read Cemetery Tours.  I think GoodReads will be a really good place to start.

For today, however, I’m going to take the day off, enjoy my triumph of finally being published, and read The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks.  It also came out today, which is really cool, since I was reading a Nicholas Sparks book when I realized that I wanted to be an author (Just a note – my books are not at ALL like his!  Not that I don’t love him, but I am NOT a romance author!  I’m not really sure what I am… A general fiction author I guess!).  And yes, I am fully aware of all the “white people almost kissing” jokes.  I think they’re hilarious.  And very true.

I still love his books though.

I also checked out The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (not to be confused with S. Morgenstern who “wrote” the Princess Bride – Haha, William Goldman… you really fooled the eighth grade me).  I’ve been wanting to read it for a while now but what’s funny is that suddenly, all my friends are reading it and recommending it!  I’m definitely looking forward to it!

Anyway, aside from selling and marketing Cemetery Tours, I’m also going to need to start working on my next book!  I finally finished chapter seven of the CT sequel.  I do not know what it is, but somehow, I ALWAYS get stuck on chapter 7!  No matter what I’m writing, chapter 7 always ends up being this awful literary brain block!  Maybe it’s because often times, chapter 7 is sort of a transition chapter.  You know, no longer the introduction to the book, but not quite the exciting stuff just yet either.  Necessary filler, if you will.

And on that note, I’m off to read The Longest Ride.  I hope there are no random, heart-wrenching deaths, but considering it’s Nicholas Sparks, I’m not holding my breath.  As long as the horse doesn’t die, I think I’ll be okay.

PS – Be sure to check out Cemetery Tours on Amazon!

http://www.amazon.com/Cemetery-Tours-Jacqueline-E-Smith/dp/0989673405/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1379394029&sr=8-10&keywords=cemetery+tours

Brainspill

I’ll be honest.  This is probably going to be the most random entry I’ve ever posted.  I have nothing really profound to say today, at least, nothing profound or interesting enough to dedicate an entire post to.  Instead, I have a lot of random little tidbits that I would like to share.

1.  9 Days until Cemetery Tours!!!!

2.  I made two GoodReads accounts!   I hope you check them out!

This is my personal account: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/23774843-jackie-smith

This is Wind Trail Publishing’s account: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/23775775-wind-trail-publishing

3.  I’ve been handing out a lot of post cards and business cards about the book and about the company recently, and a few people have wondered wether it’s wind as in “the wind is blowing across the meadow” or wind as in “the winding pathway.”  I guess technically, it could be either, but it is OFFICIALLY wind as in “the wind is blowing across the meadow.”  When I came up with the name, I knew I wanted something that was symbolic for directions, pathways, all that deep stuff, but I also wanted it to mean something to me.  I love being outside and hiking and discovering new places, and for some reason, Wind Trail just fit.

4.  I really love the quote, “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ~ Sylvia Plath.  I’ve been thinking about my path and my decision a lot recently.  While most of my thoughts have been positive and exciting, I can’t deny there is always that sliver of concern that I’ve made a horrible mistake or that I’ve wasted time.  I think with anything like this, that kind of fear is unavoidable.  You’re alway going to wonder.  But to overcome those doubts, you have to trust in yourself, your talents, and most importantly, in your book.  If I wasn’t proud of my book and excited for people to read it, I don’t think there’s any way I could have done all that I’ve done.  There will be negativity on this road, but you can’t dwell on it.  You can acknowledge it, you can even cry about it, but in the end, do NOT let it drag you down!  You just have to face it and move on.  Whenever I get down, I channel my writing idol, Meg Cabot.  She is always so bright and happy and optimistic and awesome.

5.  This doesn’t have anything to do with writing, but I participated in my first 5K yesterday!  I walked most of the way, but I did manage to sprint across the finish line!  It felt so good, and it was also for a good cause!

http://www.heroesforchildren.org

6.  I watched Now You See Me yesterday.  I really loved the characters, the story, and the magic.  I just wish I could have seen more of the Four Horsemen and less police work.  But I’ve got to say, characters like Jesse Eisenberg’s and Woody Harrelson’s are the reason I love writing so much.  The smart-ass, complex, crafty characters as my absolute favorite in the world, and I hope one day, I’m talented and smart enough to write characters like them.

7.  I also got hooked on a new reality show last night.  Now, I love Duck Dynasty.  In fact, it’s probably my favorite show on television right now.  But other than that, I’m not really into reality TV.  I mean, Hoarders and My Strange Addiction are really interesting, but reality shows are more my mom and my sister’s thing.  However, I accidentally caught a few minutes of Bad Ink last night.  Oh my goodness, that show is addictive.  It’s fascinating to see what people will actually put on their bodies!  As a sheltered southern girl who spent the first eighteen years of her life in private school, I haven’t been exposed to too many tattoos or wild party animals, so the show was extra intriguing to me!  I’ve never been to a place like Vegas!  Yeah, I grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, but that’s nothing compared to Sin City!!!  I also really love the two main guys, Dirk and Ruckus.  They are really hilarious and cool.  I especially love Ruckus and his dog.

8.  I think the most exciting thing that happened was that THERE’S A NEW SINGLE OUT FOR CATCHING FIRE!  It’s called “Atlas” by Coldplay.  I was so excited for a new Hunger Games song that I bought it without even listening to it.  It’s fantastic.  I first read all the books back when the first movie came out.  While I was reading, I actually bought the soundtrack and listened to it.  I think it made the whole reading experience even better, if that’s possible.  I LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES!

9.  I really, really, really, really want to read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

10.  Whenever I make lists like this, I can never think of a Number 10.  It’s actually a huge problem and I’m afraid no one is going to take me seriously.  Oh well.